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A Home Where Someone Died: Does That Need to Be Disclosed?

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 30, 2018 - 11:00pm

You’re trying to sell a home that the former owner passed away in. Do you have to reveal that to home buyers, and will it give some buyers the creeps?

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How to Sell a Spooky House Without Scaring Off Buyers

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 30, 2018 - 11:00pm

Homeowners want you to sell their house. There's one problem: The house carries a reputation of being haunted. Is this sale doomed?

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Haunted House For Sale? Sure, I’ll Buy It, But …

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 30, 2018 - 11:00pm

Home buyers may be so anxious to find a home that they aren’t even spooked if it’s rumored to be haunted.

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REALTORS® in Costume: What Would You Dress Up As for a Listing?

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 30, 2018 - 11:00pm

Unicorns, T. rexes, the Incredible Hulk, and more—real estate professionals across the country are donning costumes for some unique photo shoots of homes they're trying to sell.

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5 Spooky Things Clients Do to Real Estate Agents

RisMedia - October 30, 2018 - 1:54pm

It’s the season of scary and as a real estate agent, the spookiness often lasts all year long. Since it’s Halloween, we thought we’d get in the menacing mood. That’s right—we’re going to list five really spooky things clients (or people in general) do that surely give agents goosebumps. 

  1. The open house sign-in shut down
    A simple task, and, yet, many can’t take 10 seconds to do it: writing down an email when you arrive at the open house. Tip for agents: Put a freshly baked plate of cookies out with a little sign saying “one per email.” They won’t be able to resist.
  1. Refusing to sign electronically
    Your real estate agent—who works seven days a week, around the clock to find you your perfect home or get you more than the listing price—asks you to sign electronically. There’s a reason why they do this, and it’s not because it makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside. It’s fast and efficient, and as a plus, it’s eco-friendly. In the name of everything that’s good in this world, why would you demand to sign on paper? WHY?
  1. Buy a giant boat in the middle of escrow
    As a buyer, you have one job, and that job is to sit tight and let your agent find you the perfect home. When you find that home and you’re in escrow, it most certainly is not time to celebrate by buying a car, yacht, helicopter, or, even worse yet, another house. That would be what’s known as a fail—do not pass Go, do not collect $200 dollars.
  1. Request to look at homes outside their price point
    There’s a fine line between asking your agent to go above and beyond and downright taking advantage of them. If someone has been approved for $500,000-dollar homes, then that is the realm of homes they’ll be showing you. So, the answer is no, Barbara, you can’t look at the $10 million-dollar home.
  1. Work with multiple agents at once
    This one almost hurts to write. If you’re at the beginning of the process and just trying to figure out which agent you’d like to work with most, then this is totally acceptable. Shop around. If you’re anywhere further down the home-buying or -selling path, please refrain. It’s not fair to either party. Remember: Agents don’t get paid unless they transact.

Bonus spookiness: When clients insist on sticking around during the open house. Eek!

The good news, we have a way to really knock your client’s socks off, and it’s called MoxiPresent: interactive, stunning presentations for open houses, buyers, sellers, you name it. Find out more here.

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REALTORS® to Make Waves in Midterm Election

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2018 - 11:00pm

With strong voter registration numbers and turnout for early voting so far, the nation’s 1.3 million REALTORS® are poised to have a significant impact.

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The Top 8 Mortgage Lenders from 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2018 - 11:00pm

Find out which lenders are dominating in loan originations. 

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Cat-astrophe? Feisty Feline Traps Agent at Showing

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2018 - 11:00pm

A REALTOR® in Wisconsin had heard the phrase “guard dog,” but she had never come across a “guard cat.”

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Gearing Up for Boston

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2018 - 11:00pm

Whether you’re traveling to Boston for the industry’s premier annual event or you’re following along at home, REALTOR® Magazine is here to help you make the most of the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.

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Where Home Prices Are Falling the Most

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2018 - 11:00pm

Housing affordability is worsening due to higher mortgage rates, which is prompting a slowdown for what home sellers are getting for their home.

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Homes With Patios Gaining More Popularity

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 29, 2018 - 11:00pm

Homeowners are craving more outdoor space in newly built houses.

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Inside Good Neighbor’s Heart-Wrenching Enterprise

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 28, 2018 - 11:00pm

Necia Freeman, a 2018 Good Neighbor honorable mention, opens up to realtor.com® about helping hungry children and drug-addicted women.

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Single Women Prop Up First-Time Buyer Segment

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 28, 2018 - 11:00pm

While the pool of first-time buyers is shrinking, single female buyers continue to claim a big presence in the housing market, NAR reports.

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Owner vs. AVM: Who’s Better at Figuring Home Value?

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 28, 2018 - 11:00pm

Both have their strengths and weaknesses, according to a Federal Reserve study. Does one have the edge over the other?

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3 Reasons HOAs Are Getting Sued

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 28, 2018 - 11:00pm

These liability issues are putting homeowner associations at increased risk of litigation.

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Study: Rookie Pros Double Their Income After First Year

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 28, 2018 - 11:00pm

New agents who have been in the business for less than a year earn an average annual income of $19,375. But there’s a good reason not to quit.

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How to Apply Tax Changes to Your 2018 Returns

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 28, 2018 - 11:00pm

Watch this NAR video series to learn what deductions you can and can’t take as a real estate professional, homeowner or renter, and individual or joint tax filer.

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Fall Yard Care Checklist: What to Do When

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 25, 2018 - 11:00pm

As temperatures cool, here’s what homeowners should do to keep their lawns in tip-top shape. Share this infographic that breaks it down.

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Housing Markets That Have Shattered Previous Price Peaks

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 25, 2018 - 11:00pm

Home prices are showing some signs of cooling, but in a handful of markets, some homeowners likely won’t notice much.

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Study: Delayed Homeownership to Hamper Millennials’ Retirement

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 25, 2018 - 11:00pm

Homeownership is one of the touchstones on the road to retirement, and it’s one that millennials are missing, says one financial expert.

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